By Amsey Liebenow
Art by Catherine Ferguson
Senioritis: a combination of both spring fever and burnout. This condition, typically acquired by second semester seniors, stems from both the impatience of waiting until summer and the frustrations of high school after being accepted into college.
The symptoms include a lack of motivation, a don’t-care attitude and an overwhelming need to sleep for two-thirds of the day. This year, however, the symptoms are heightened, and the demographic at risk includes underclassmen.
In a poll sent out last week, 96% of St. Mary’s freshman, sophomores and juniors claimed to be experiencing their own versions of senioritis. According to those polled, the most common senioritis symptoms include a lack of motivation, denial, being overwhelmed, fatigue and anger. Unfortunately, the poll also revealed St. Mary’s girls have very little knowledge of potential cures for this widespread ailment.
"Nope haha," "no," "absolutely not" and "Cry about it and move on and count the days until May 17th” were just some of the answers to what students are doing about this lack of motivation. It is evident that St. Mary’s girls are in deep need of some cures for their senioritis and third quarter slump.
Here are five remedies to get students through the rest of the year.
1. Retail Therapy
Retail therapy is one of the best cures for anything, really, but a great one for senioritis. Some might say that retail therapy is a way of burying your emotions, but I find it essential to get your motivation back. For example, getting new school supplies can promote your motivation. But, if new school books don't tickle those motivation nerves, then perhaps promise yourself that new purse or pair of shoes you've had your eye on recently, as long as you get all your homework done throughout the week.
2. Study Tok
A new trending hashtag on Tik Tok has been #studytok. It has over 188 million views, and the similar hashtag #studytips has over 383 million views. Study Tok is one of the more recent "sides'' of Tik Tok created in light of the pandemic and struggles students have been facing over the past year. It includes study tips, college videos and the iconic time lapses. If you have ever had the opportunity to view one of these time lapses, you know the insane motivational power they hold. As you watch notes being taken, flashcards made and textbooks highlighted, you begin to find yourself overtaken by the sudden urge to do your homework. Who knows, maybe you will be so ambitious that you create a #studytok yourself!
3. Move your body
I know the last thing I want to do when I'm feeling unmotivated is a workout, but hear me out. Moving your body doesn't mean you have to run five miles or do countless sit-ups. Rather, do something you enjoy. Maybe join a St. Mary’s sport or do Zumba with our very own Hannah Kerlan's mom.
4. Eat some good food
Hands down, the best cure for that third quarter senioritis slump is to eat something delicious. My personal recommendation is to try to cook a new recipe. Grabbing a bowl of ice cream and snuggling up on the couch would work just as well.
5. Take a break
While it may seem counterintuitive, taking a break might be what you need most to cure your senioritis. Maybe on your next Friday, instead of going out with friends, take the night off. Watch a movie, eat some popcorn and relax. The most important part of taking a break is having absolutely no responsibilities. Cancel everything. And yes, that means no homework. At first, it may seem like a waste, but in the long run, taking a little time for yourself will always pay off.
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